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Kalashnikov!

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On September 19, 2017

This fascinates me. A statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, has been unveiled in central Moscow in a controversial ceremony that merged military pomp with religious r

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“Totally Destroy”

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On September 19, 2017
So this is happening. Donald Trump just told the #UNGA that if North Korea doesn’t change course, US “will have no choice but to totally destroy” the country — Stuart Millar (@stuartmillar159) September 19, 2017 Speech mostly appears to be about the various other countries that Trump plans to destroy, including Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela. […]

H B-day?

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On September 17, 2017

There are problems. HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY to the @USAirForce! The American people are eternally grateful. Thank you for keeping America PROUD, STRONG and FREE! pic.twitter.com/DYxkh3gj0R — Donald J. T

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Intelligence Gathering and Tech

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On September 11, 2017
My latest at the Diplomat distills Justin Pyke’s terrific series on Western efforts to gather intel on interwar Japanese aviation developments. Read my piece, but also read the three part original at From Balloons to Drones… Pyke dismisses the older interpretation of Western unpreparedness, which posited that racist American attitudes towards Japan had resulted in […]

Friday Links

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On September 8, 2017

For your reading pleasure… The Jacksonian Navy The last, best hope for bringing back the Avro Arrow is upon us.  If there’s one positive of the hell dimension we’re currently living

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Russian Arms Exports

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On September 5, 2017
Some thoughts over at the Diplomat on the future of the Russian arms export industry… Is Russia on the verge of seeing one of its last major export industries fall off? A recent SIPRI report paints a grim picture of the future of Russian arms exports, squeezed by the West on one side and (increasingly) by China […]

Doklam

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On August 30, 2017

Fortunately, it looks as if India and China have decided to back away from confrontation on the Doklam Plateau.  Indian commentators are celebrating China’s retreat; Chinese commentators are la

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